Senior Director of Global Health R&D Advocacy (hybrid)
Research!America is the nation’s leading nonprofit membership alliance working to increase the national priority of health research and innovation. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for increased government and private sector investment in global health research and development (GH R&D). Global health threats have captured the public’s attention and showcased the incredible potential of platform technologies, as well as the urgent need for dispersion and scaling of clinical trial networks and R&D capacity writ large. Sound federal investments in global health R&D and R&D capacity building can dramatically reduce the number of lives lost or compromised due to emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and poverty-related neglected diseases (PRNDs).
In this role, you will report to the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy and lead a global health advocacy and policy effort supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You will supervise two full-time program staff and a research fellow and be supported by additional outside vendors and partners. Your team’s focus will be to increase U.S. investment in global health R&D (from public and private sector sources other than official development assistance) and advance global health R&D efficiency, capacity, equity, and progress-enhancing vehicles such as global clinical trial networks, platform technologies, and public-private partnerships.
Our experienced team is uniquely positioned to support your work by deploying our deep connections with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and federal R&D agencies, offices, and programs. In this role, you will fully leverage our convening capability with relevant stakeholders, our reputation as an independent resource, and our strong bipartisan, bicameral congressional relationships. Research!America’s members, drawn from across the research and development ecosystem, join together to advocate for public and private sector-fueled medical progress, including federal government commitments to sustained, predictable increases in funding for the federal research enterprise [National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and others].
How your success will be measured in this role
Your work will make a meaningful and tangible contribution to protecting and growing federal funding for global health R&D outside traditional development assistance, at agencies such as NIH and the Advanced Research Project Agency for Health (ARPA-H). You will cultivate new congressional champions and foster new collaborations that advance global health R&D, involving science-focused NGOs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). You will leverage your expertise in global health and advocacy to play a visible role in the global health policy and advocacy community. You will champion the professional development of your team, and diversity, equity, and inclusion will frame your leadership.
- Implement and evaluate strategies and tactics that achieve grant deliverables. Plan and oversee the execution of high-level convenings, including meetings with key congressional and administration staff. Advance grasstops and grassroots advocacy strategies.
- Serve as the primary contact with the program officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ensure the timely completion of grant administration requirements, including all program and financial documents.
- Serve as the primary contact for global health R&D with NGOs, academic institutions, industry, and federal agencies. Identify, and increase engagement with grasstops and grassroots advocates who support the primary objectives of the grant.
- Hire and develop your team; supervise additional staff as needed.
- Master’s degree in global public health, public health, public policy, public administration, or a related field.
- A minimum of 5-10 years of experience in a health policy-relevant congressional or federal government position (congressional experience strongly preferred). Solid understanding of the global health R&D landscape as well as the span of federal agencies currently or potentially involved in advancing global health R&D.
- Experience managing projects and supervising staff and consultants. Ability to independently manage multiple projects and anticipate deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience managing relationships with high-level boards of directors, corporate and academic leaders, elected and appointed officials, their staff, and other executives or opinion leaders.
- Experience managing a budget. Demonstrated budget management experience and accountability.
- Ability to travel 5 percent.
- Strategic and creative thinker/problem solver. You are a creative and critical thinker. You love to identify strategies and tactics grounded in research, experience, and intuition.
- Experienced and dedicated mentor. You are committed to the success and professional development of each member of your team.
- Driven. You are hands-on, ask questions, and come up to speed quickly. You work with a sense of urgency and dive in without being asked.
- Strong relationship builder. You bring out the best in others as you build trust and buy-in from colleagues and funders alike.
- Champion for the mission. You understand the big picture and learn what is important to donors, members, and partners. You know what best serves the mission and can translate objectives into impact.
- Flexible and adaptable leader. You positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives. You can work independently without close oversight while also serving as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization. You easily shift gears, reprioritize, and stay focused on key priorities.
- Comfortable with change. You have an entrepreneurial spirit. You seize opportunities in challenges. You are comfortable with ambiguity.
- Collaborative workstyle. You share information, coordinate effectively, and execute your piece while working well across teams. You work cooperatively, seek out relevant information, decide the appropriate steps, and facilitate to get the desired results.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
- Your work will save millions of lives and improve the quality of life for everyone on the planet while setting an example for diversity equity and inclusion in staffing, programs and partnerships.
- You will be joining a remarkable team of dedicated and highly collaborative professionals. This is a stable, well-run, well-governed organization with deep and trusting relationships and an impeccable reputation for results.
- We regularly achieve bold goals. Here, no great idea ever goes unfunded. Our team is small, lean, and mighty. We see opportunities, rise to the occasion, get the job done, and share the success.
Research!America is a nonprofit medical and health research advocacy alliance that advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. Together, with our member organizations that represent a vast array of medical, health, and scientific fields, our goals are: (1) Achieve funding for medical and health research from the public and private sectors at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. (2) Better inform the public of the benefits of medical and health research and the institutions that perform research. (3) Motivate the public to actively support medical and health research and the complementary sciences that make advances possible. (4) Promote and empower a more active public and political life by individual members of the research community on behalf of medical and health research, public health, and science overall. We achieve these goals through:
- Advocacy. We advocate for strong funding and policies that support the advancement of medical, health, and scientific research. We encourage our member organizations, their employees, their individual members, and other stakeholders to do the same.
- Leadership. We provide leadership to help ensure robust increased federal funding for the National Institutes of Health. We advocate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Science Foundation. We work to ensure the Food and Drug Administration receives the resources it needs.
- Outreach. We provide advocates across the nation with partnership opportunities and advocacy tools as well as targeted messaging and other resources to build a unified voice for research. We facilitate outreach to elected officials, news media, business leaders, colleagues, and local communities.
- Public sentiment. We gauge Americans' attitudes toward medical, health, and scientific research through commissioned public opinion surveys and use this data to make the case to policymakers for funding and policies to advance medical progress.
- Public education. We produce reports, fact sheets, position pieces, and other publications to raise awareness about research issues, promote the importance of investment in research, and foster effective collaboration among the nation's government, industry, academic, and philanthropic research sectors.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
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Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Director/VP, Advocacy, Legislative Director, Director/VP, Government Relations, Senior Policy Advisor, Director/VP, Government Affairs.
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